Q. What equipment should I bring?
A. A camera with interchangable lenses is a good start. Lenses should include a wide angle for village scenes and a telephoto lense in the 200 - 300 mm range which will work well for isolating details and long range landscapes. A sturdy tripod is essential for the early morning and evening sessions. Polarizing and neutral density filters are recommended. Batteries and film or memory cards sufficient for your shooting style round out the essential equipment list. An electrical adapter for European plugs is handy for recharging batteries and laptops.
Q. What if I don't have a lot of experience?
A. Our workshops are focused on helping photographers become better photographers, whatever their current level. Sometimes the right environment, encouragement, and technical assistance are all that is necessary to create photos of a lifetime. Beginners and experienced photographers are welcomed equally.
Q. Can I bring along a non-photographer friend or spouse?
A. Subject to available space, non-photographers are welcome to attend. The cost is $1600 and includes accomodations, breakfasts, ground transportation, and entrance fees.
Q. How many people will be in the workshop?
A. We believe keeping the group small allows each of us to work with each other in the most effective way. Therefore, the maximum number of photographers in the Provence Workshop is 4.
Q. Should I bring along a computer?
A. Being able to download your images to a computer adds a level of image protection and allows you to review or edit your images before returning home, and to share them during the workshop. If you do not have image editing software, many packages allow downloading trial version for a 30 day period, before purchasing.
Q. How do I get there?
A. Most major U.S. cities have flight connections to Paris (CDG). From inside the CDG terminals, direct trains are available to the Avignon TGV station.
Q. Do I need to know how to speak French?
A. Speaking French is not required. However, we suggest you learn a few words or phrases to be able to show courtesy to our French hosts. Phrases like Hello, Good Bye, Please, Thank You, How much is that?, are all good things to know.
Q. What about meals?
A. Breakfasts will usually be taken at the hotel after the morning shoot. Lunch may be at a local restaurant as a group or on your own if you wish. Lunch might also consist of a picnic lunch or locally produced baguette of bread, cheese, and a bottle of fine wine eaten under a tree near one of our shooting locations. Dinner will usually take us to a local restaurant to experience the Provencal cuisine before or after the evening shoot.
Q. What clothes should I bring?
A. The daytime temperatures will be warm, but early morning and evenings could be cool in the higher elevations. A lightweight jacket or sweater is recommended. Since some walking in farm fields or on cobblestone streets and stairs will be involved, comfortable and waterproof walking shoes are important.
Q. What can I expect to learn?
A. During the workshop we will discuss topics like exposure, composition, lighting, color, and most of all, the art of seeing. Open discussions are encouraged to allow all of us to learn from each other.